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Water Efficiency Certificate

Get a Water Efficiency Certificate

Do you own a rental property? Or are you a property manager? When it comes to renting out your premises, water bills can be a huge concern. If your property has water-efficient appliances, you can often pass on the costs to the tenant for the full consumption.

The simplest way to do that is by getting a Water Efficiency Certificate. Our skilled and qualified plumbers provide the best and efficient services and deliver outstanding results for every project, every single time. For your water efficiency certificate requirements in Brisbane, Logan & Redland Bay, contact Purity Plumbing today.

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What is a Water Efficiency Certificate QLD?

Also known as the water compliance certificate QLD, this document proves that your property is water-efficient. Water conservation is crucial in Australia and that can be achieved by installing efficient plumbing fixtures.

If you are a property owner or manager, a water efficiency certificate is essential - if you are charging tenants with full water usage.

If you are a tenant, it is important to know about your legal obligations. According to the Residential Tenancies Authority, tenants can only be charged if it is mentioned in the rental agreement, if the premises is water efficient and individually metered. It is essential to be clear on your rights before you pay any water bills or sign any agreements.

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Features of a Water-Efficient Property

A water-efficient property has:

  • Cold water taps with a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute.
  • Single mixer taps with a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute.
  • Showerheads with a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute and a minimum 3-star WELS rating.
  • Toilets must have a minimum 4-star dual flush rating under the WELS scheme.
  • Toilets with a half flush capacity of 3.5 litres and a full flush capacity of 6.5 litres. Additionally, they must have a maximum average flush volume of 4 litres.
  • Water using appliances like dishwasher or washing machine has a minimum WELS rating of 3 stars.
  • Pools/spas use covers to reduce evaporation.
  • Water-efficient garden irrigation systems.

Additionally, you can also install flow-restricting aerators and upgrade plumbing fixtures to save water. No leaking taps should be present when the water-efficient devices are installed.

The flow rate is applicable for internal fixtures used in kitchen and bathroom hand basins. It doesn’t apply to bathtub taps, laundry taps, or outside taps for the garden, dishwasher and washing machine.

How to prove water efficiency?

The easiest way to demonstrate that your property is water efficient is by providing copies of:

  • Plumbing reports
  • Receipts
  • Packaging
  • Warranties or instruction manuals for showerheads and taps.
  • Check the WELS rating of products - if it is 3 stars or higher, they are water-efficient.
    Note: WELS or Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme rates fixtures like taps, toilets and showerheads according to their water efficiency.

Why should you get a water efficiency certificate?

You can only ask your tenant to pay water usage charges if the minimum criteria have been met:

  • The rental property must be individually metered or water is delivered by a vehicle.
  • The rental property must meet “water efficiency standards”.
  • The charges must not exceed the amount billed by the water supplier.
  • The tenancy agreement states that the tenant must pay the water bills.

Who can issue a Water Efficiency Certificate QLD?

A qualified plumber can issue a water efficiency certificate.

It is the responsibility of the property manager or landlord to speak to a plumber and arrange a water efficiency certificate. Consult a professional plumbing company to get an idea of what you will need to do to bring up your property to the standards required to make it water-efficient.

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Request a Water Efficiency Certificate QLD

Purity Plumbing provides water efficiency inspections and compliance certificates in Brisbane, Logan and Redland Bay areas. Get in contact with us to book your Water Compliance Certification QLD. Call us on 5471 6697 or complete our online enquiry form today.